The transfer window may have slammed shut – but Ronnie Moore is already looking at delving into the loan market.
Hartlepool United’s injury list grew last night after Michael Duckworth limped off with a hamstring strain in the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy exit to Sheffield United.
When the loan window opens hopefully we can get one or two new faces inRONNIE MOORE
With Jordan Richards out and Carl Magnay struggling to be fit, it gives Moore a headache at right-back while midfield is also a problem area.
Magnay has been outstanding in his role in the middle so far this season while Michael Woods (ankle) and Brad Walker (thigh) are also doubts for the League Two trip to Wycombe this Saturday.
It means Pools may have to go to Adams Park with a patched up side with Moore saying that he will look for players for midfield and right-back when the loan window opens next Wednesday.
“I’ve tried like mad to bring someone in and I was close to a midfielder but that fell through at the last minute
If Ducks is going to be out I’ll need someone there
Unless it’s just tight you don’t see anyone hurting their hamstring on a Tuesday playing on a Saturday.
“A hammy tweak and you are looking at least two to four weeks – it’s a blow because we are not exactly well off in that position.
“Mags can play there but he’s injured himself, so everything will come to the last minute on Saturday.
“When the loan window opens hopefully we can get one or two new faces in.
“We do need it, no doubt, we’re short in midfield, especially when we’re trying to play three in there.
“We may have to go back to the drawing board and play 4-4-2. We’ll see.”
Whatever the formation, Pools will go into a daunting trip to Wycombe with at the least their confidence showing signs of repair.
Pools lost 4-3 on penalties last night to the League One promotion favourites after fighting back from a torrid opening when they fell one behind to draw 1- 1 in the regulation 90 minutes after a super Scott Fenwick equaliser from Rakish Bingham’s set-up.
“After the first 15 minutes I’d have taken penalties, it was looking like a very long night.
“Sheff U were giving us the runaround and our keeper’s made two or three really good saves.
“They were a very good footballing side and we couldn’t cope with their runners from midfield.
“We changed it from the 3-4-3 we started with and went 4-4-2, got tighter and narrower, and in the second half our centre-halves looked a lot stronger and we started winning more headers.
“We got a fantastic goal, Bings showed pace and then vision, sliding a brilliant ball into Scotty who scored with a helluva finish.
“We had one or two other little goes from counter-attacks.
“I can’t fault the effort and commitment.
“After struggling for those first 15 minutes we got into it and played really bright, counter-attacking football.
“We’re out which is disappointing because this is a great opportunity to get to Wembley.
“But I’m pleased with what we showed.”
There were first starts to the season for Dan Jones, at the back, and Lewis Hawkins in midfield, while Jake Carroll and Rhys Oates both filled wide midfield roles well.
“There were a lot of positives,” said Moore. “Hawks has looked good in there, and I thought Oates, down the right, and Carroll, down the left, were good out wide.”
And Moore said he was happy to see Pools stop the rot after three defeats in a row and nine goals conceded.
“I’d call that a draw last night – it was 1-1 after 90 minutes!” smiled Moore who added that his side need to show fight at Wycombe this weekend.
“We’ve had two tough cup games against very good sides and two defeats in the league.
“We need to get back to winning ways.
“We’re not doing very much different to what we were doing in the first three games.
“Perhaps the breaks which went our way then have now gone against us.
“Now, it’s up to us to roll up our sleeves, come out fighting and look to try to get a result at Wycombe.”